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Merry Christmas From Handwritten Girl

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Christmas is nearly upon us and I’ve found myself writing my annual sign off instead of wrapping presents that are still in their bags. Last minute as always!

This year was a great year for books and I’ve even listed my top ten books for 2017, just incase you are looking for a few last minute stocking fillers.

It was also a great year for Handwritten Girl, as I attended the Bord Gais Energy Book Awards for the first time and had an amazing time meeting some of Ireland’s finest literary talent ans well as spending Halloween weekend learning about the dark and interesting world of crime writing.

Before I sign off, I would like to say a huge thank you to all the lovely publishers and authors who introduced me to some of the most wonderful books this year, from intense thrillers to happy romances, there’s something for everyone to curl up with during the cold winter nights.

Most importantly, thank you to the readers of the website for taking the time to read a review, tweet, Favourite or Like a post, your support is appreciated tremendously. I hope you all have a safe and relaxing Christmas and receive loads of treats from Santa Claus, especially books as there are some great ones out there.

Have a Happy New Year and I shall see you in 2018.

Handwritten Girl’s Favourite Books of 2017.

1. The Break by Marian Keyes
2. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
3. Final Girls By Riley Sager
4. Bring Me Back By BA Paris
5. You, Me, Everything by Catherine Issac
6. The Summer of Impossible Things By Rowan Coleman
7. The Last Piece of My Heart by Paige Toon
8. Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land
9. A Song For Tomorrow By Alice Peterson
10. The One By John Marrs

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

After a crazy 2016, it’s finally Christmas, time to unwind, spend time with loved ones and catch up with some well deserved reading.

In general, 2016 has been a strange year, with each day bringing some new unexpected drama, but in the midst of the chaos, we had some great books to enjoy and distract us from the perils of life.

We saw the return of old authors and were introduced to some fantastic new ones. I spent many an evening wrapped up in a great book, too many to think off, but as I gaze at my bookshelves, I think back to ‘The Teacher’ by Katerina Diamond, ‘Who’s That Girl?’ by Mhairi McFarlane, ‘Ragdoll’ by Daniel Cole and ‘Somewhere Inside Of Happy’ by Anna McPartlin, all books that stirred a mixture of emotions inside me.

As I sign off for Christmas, I wanted to say thank you to all the lovely publishers who have been so generous with their time and books this year, a thank you to the authors who participated in interviews and a huge thank you to everyone who visited the website, your support is greatly appreciated.

A Merry Christmas to you all, may your Christmas be peaceful and filled with happy memories, wonderful gifts and many fantastic books to curl up with and I shall see you all in 2017.

Merry Christmas From Handwritten Girl

Christmas WishesChristmas is nearly upon us and I’ve found myself writing my annual sign off instead of wrapping presents that are still in their bags. Last minute as always!

This year was a great year for books. There was the return of some of our well loved authors such as Marian Keyes and Sophie Kinsella as well as David Nicholls returning with his highly acclaimed ‘Us’. The calibre of debuts were strong with ‘What Milo Saw’ and ‘The Dead Wife’s Handbook’ and Jamie Dornan was cast as Christian Grey in the eagerly anticipated adaption of ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’

It was also a great year for Handwritten Girl, as I ventured across the water three times during the year and met the people that have made my reviewing experience worthwhile and met some of my all time favourite authors.

As I am based in Northern Ireland, I miss out on the opportunity to attend book launches and various literary events, so I decided this year to organise my own adventures and that’s how Handwritten Girl Tours (#HWGTour) came about.

I would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who the took time out of their busy schedules to meet me. Thank you to Jane Fallon, Adele Parks, Lisa Jewell and Stella Newman, for giving up valuable writing time to meet me, as well as both Alexandra Brown and Ali Harris for inviting me to their book launches in such luxurious surroundings and finally thank you to Penguin Books for a lovely Christmas drinks evening where I got to meet Lucy Robinson, Jojo Moyes and Giovanna Fletcher.

I would also like to thank you. The readers of the website for taking the time to read a review, tweet, Favourite or Like a post, your support is appreciated tremendously. I hope you all have a safe and relaxing Christmas and receive loads of treats from Santa Claus, especially books as there are some great ones out there.

Have a happy new year and I shall see you in 2015.